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GROUNDSWELL OF SUPPORT FOR WEST PAPUA IN TIME FOR FORUM LEADERS’ MEETING

Date: 17th  August 2016 Suva – The groundswell of support for West Papua across the region is the ideal build up to the upcoming Forum Leaders meeting in Federated States of Micronesia says Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) Executive Director, Emele Duituturaga. Duituturaga made the comments after presenting the issue of West Papua to…

Leaders Coalition on West Papua is Courageous: PIANGO

Date: 19 July 2016 Suva – Last week’s formation of a Pacific Leaders Coalition on West Papua is indicative of the rising wave of regional support for the aspirations of Papuans for self-determination and ending human rights violations suffered. Pacific Islands Association of NGOs executive director, Emele Duituturaga made these comments after a week of…

WEST PAPUA MELANESIAN SOLIDARITY RALLY IN HONIARA TODAY

Date: 13 July 2016 Suva – More than 1000 people are expected to gather today at a rally organised to show solidarity with the United Liberation Movement for West Papua as they bid for full membership at the Melanesian Spearhead group meeting in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Organised by the Solomon Islands Solidarity Movement for Free…

PIANGO REITERATES WORLD CHURCHES CALL FOR WEST PAPUA SOLIDARITY VISIT

Suva  – Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) executive director, Emele Duituturaga has welcomed a call made by the World Council of Churches (WCC) for a solidarity visit to West Papua by an international ecumenical delegation. Duituturaga said the call made by the WCC for a solidarity visit to be organized as soon as possible,…

PIANGO COMMENDS UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR FOR HIGHLIGHTING WEST PAPUA

Suva  – The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Maina Kiai must be commended for highlighting West Papua’s human rights plight with the UN Human Rights Council says PIANGO executive director, Emele Duituturaga. Duituturaga who was reacting to media reports on Kiai’s speech at the 32nd session of…

West Papau Groundswell Not Dampened By PNG Refusal of Entry: PIANGO

Suva  – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s (PIFS) award will support Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Pacific Islands Association of NGOs (PIANGO) Executive Director, Ms Emele Duituturaga was shocked to learn that Papua New Guinea (PNG) had not allowed West Papuan campaigner, Octovianus Mote to enter the country last Sunday (29 May, 2016). Ms Duituturaga was…

DECOLONISATION FUNDAMENTAL TO PACIFIC SOVEREIGNTY, CSOs TELL GPEDC

Date: 2 December 2016 Suva – The decolonisation of indigenous peoples in Tahiti, New Caledonia, West Papua, and the American territories is intrinsically tied to the sovereignty of the Pacific region. These and the need to expand the definition of fragility to inculcate climate induced vulnerability as a Pacific specific concern are key issues that…

Indonesia citizen’s support heartens Pacifi NGOs workers

Date – 2 December 2016 Suva –  Visible support by Indonesian citizens for the halting of violence and oppression of West Papuans demonstrates the increasing public will against the Indonesian government’s continuing rule in the territory. The sentiments were echoed at a joint prayer fellowship of staff of two regional NGOs, the Pacific Islands Association…

PIANGO’s New Strategic Plan: Reshaping the Pacific for Future Generations

Participants at PIANGO Council Meeting Date: 18 November 2016 Suva – The 8th Council meeting of the Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (PIANGO) drew to a close today with the presentation of the organisation’s Strategic Plan 2016-2020.  With the overarching theme “Reshaping the Pacific for our future generations,” the new strategic plan focuses on…